ACADEMY TRUSTEES

Academy Trust Chair:   Steve Head
Vice Chair:   Glenn Taylor

The Articles of Association for The Cowplain School were established on 1 April 2012 when the School became an academy and revised in September 2021, following DfE guidelines.

The Full Governing Body (Academy Trust) meets up to nine times per year, out of school hours, and is responsible for pursuing the vision and aims of the Academy and for ensuring compliance with legal requirements emanating from the Department for Education.

The Finance Committee meets up to five times per year. Chair: Chris Scott

The Audit Committee meets three times per year. Chair: Glenn Taylor

The Trust shall have up to 14 governors known as trustees, including the Headteacher, and a minimum of two parent trustees elected by parents of registered pupils at the Academy. If no elected parent-trustees wish to stand for election, parent-trustees may be appointed by the Trust. A parent trustee must be a parent of a registered pupil at the Academy at the time when they are elected. The total number of Academy employees of the Trust shall not exceed one third of the total number of Trustees. Parent and staff trustees shall be elected for a four year term of office and may complete this term if they become ineligible (pupil or staff leaving the Academy) at the discretion of the Chair and Trust.

The Trustees may appoint Co-opted Trustees, whilst ensuring the ratio of parent and staff trustees is maintained.

With the exception of the Headteacher, members of the Trust will serve for a period of four years and will be eligible for re-election or co-option.

The Trust may appoint associate trustees, who may attend meetings and may participate in any discussions that take place at these meetings. Associate trustees will not have the right to vote at meetings.

A person may not serve as a trustee without providing the Chair with proof of identity and a criminal records certificate. A person shall be disqualified from holding or continuing to hold office as a trustee if they refuse to undergo criminal records checks. If an existing trustee becomes ineligible they must, upon becoming disqualified, give written notice of that fact to the Governance Professional (Clerk to the Trust).

Parent and staff trustee vacancies will be advertised; those wishing to become Community trustees should apply to the Chair.

Link Trustees

Lead Child Protection and Safeguarding:  Steve Head

Lead Finance:  Chris Scott

Lead Pupil Discipline:  Susan Young

Lead Site Health and Safety:  Chris Scott

Lead Training:  Glenn Taylor

Lead Welfare: Bhanu Tewari

Members

The minimum number of Members shall be three and an employee of the Academy Trust may not be a member. There must be a majority of Members who are not Trustees.

Annual General Meeting

The Academy Trust shall hold an AGM each Academy Financial Year. A trustee shall, notwithstanding that they are not a member, be entitled to attend and speak at any AGM.

TRUSTEES’ RELEVANT BUSINESS AND PECUNIARY INTERESTS; MATERIAL INTERESTS ARISING FROM RELATIONSHIPS

At the beginning of every meeting each trustee has to declare any pecuniary interest in agenda items. In addition, trustees have to declare employment, business and pecuniary interest for themselves and people with whom they have relationships through family or by association; this is done by filling in a form annually. Details taken from the form are kept on a register by the academy’s Finance Manager and are checked by the Headteacher and Chair of Trustees. 

See links to Governor Information, Register of Business Interests, Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation.

Parent and Staff Governor vacancies will be advertised; those wishing to become Community Governors should apply to the Chair.

CONTACT

Should you wish to contact a member of the Academy Trust, please do so through the academy by telephone on 023 9261 2020, or email the Main Office or in writing c/o The Cowplain School, Hart Plain Avenue, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Hants, PO8 8RY. 

Complaints should be made in accordance with the Complaints Procedures and individual trustees should not be involved as this will preclude them serving on any panel if the matter proceeds.

(The Academy Trust has decided to hold Zoom meetings until the end of the coronavirus pandemic.)